The Aviator's Wife

By Melanie Benjamin

The Aviator's Wife
The Aviator's Wife

In the tradition of Loving Frank and The Paris Wife, acclaimed novelist Melanie Benjamin lifts the veil on the marriage of Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, one of America's most extraordinary couples. When Anne Morrow, a shy college senior with hidden literary ambitions, travels to Mexic... o City to spend Christmas with her family, she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Anne is certain the aviator hasn't noticed her because he is enthralled by Charles' assurance and fame. She is, however, incorrect. Charles sees Anne as a kindred spirit and a fellow adventurer, and her life is forever changed. The two tie the knot in a wedding that makes headlines. Anne becomes the first female glider pilot in the United States in the years that follow. Despite this and other significant accomplishments, she is regarded solely as the aviator's wife. The fairy-tale life she once desired will bring heartbreak and hardships, forcing her to reconcile her need for love with her desire for independence, and, at long last, to embrace life's infinite possibilities for change and happiness. Inside, look for unique features. For author chats and more, join the Random House Reader's Circle.Praise for The Aviator's Wife“Remarkable... The Aviator's Wife succeeds [in] putting the reader inside Anne Lindbergh's life with her famous husband.”—The Denver Post“Anne Morrow Lindbergh narrates the story of the Lindberghs' troubled marriage in all its triumph and tragedy.”—USA Today

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  • PUBLISHED BY

    Bantam

  • PUBLISHED ON

    Nov 26, 2013

  • ISBN

    9780345528681

  • FORMAT

    Paperback

  • LANGUAGE

    English

  • NO. OF PAGES

    448

Reviews of The Aviator's Wife

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...Benjamin maintains interest, even suspense, as readers wonder when Anne’s healthy rebellious instincts will burst the bonds of her dutiful deference.

...I wish that she had not tried to tell the story in a first-person voice. It is grating to those who know the true person’s voice, with all its beauty and all its errors, very well.

Reading this book, I realized the power of historical fiction to send us on a journey of discovery...

The novel benefits from what the Lindberghs themselves have written about their lives, in diaries and essays. Yet, that very body of writing can sometimes make this additional book feel almost beside the point.

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